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Logotherapy and Existential Analysis:
An Introduction to the Theory and Therapy of Viktor Frankl

5 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $49.00

Developed by Marshall H. Lewis, Ph.D., Diplomate in Logotherapy

The course includes historical-classic Interview with Dr. Viktor Frankl on the construction of meaning, freedom of choice and Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

This introductory 5 CE course is designed to give mental health practitioners a basic understanding of Dr. Viktor E. Frankl's theory and therapy, known as Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (LTEA). This course will include its view of the human person, its underlying principles, its historical placement within psychiatry and psychology, and its application and use today.

Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (LTEA) is known as the "Third School of Viennese Psychiatry" after Freud's psychoanalysis and Adler's individual psychology. Frankl viewed Freud's "pleasure principle," which he termed the will to pleasure, and Adler's "superiority drive," which he called the will to power, as inferior expressions of the "will to meaning." For Frankl, the will to meaning – a basic human desire to live a life of meaning and purpose – is the primary human motivation. LTEA is based on this understanding of the human person.

LTEA teaches that meaning may be discovered through three categorical values. The creative value is actualized by work, doing good deeds, or any other creative pursuit. The experiential value is realized by loving relationships and expressions of truth and beauty found in the world around us, or in the arts. The final, and most important, way in which meaning may be discovered is through the attitudinal value. This is the stand one chooses to take against a situation one cannot change.

The first set of materials introduces the student to the theory of LTEA. Key concepts covered include Frankl's "dimensional ontology" that explains the relationship among body, mind, and spirit as viewed by LTEA. The sense of meaninglessness in life is explored along with Frankl's understanding of the ways in which meaning may be discovered. The second set of materials looks at LTEA within historical context including its relationship both to other schools of psychotherapy and to philosophy. Frankl's historic diagnostic categories are reviewed along with what he saw as the clinical indications for the use of LTEA. The third set of materials examines the specific techniques of logotherapy as they are in use today. In addition, the relationship between LTEA and today's positive psychology movement is examined. The fourth unit provides a summary and review

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Summarize the basic concepts of LTEA.

2.    Compare the relationship between LTEA and other schools of thought.

3.    Identify Frankl's view of how meaning in life may be discovered.

4.    Explain an introductory understanding of basic LTEA techniques.

5.    Explain an introductory understanding of ancillary LTEA techniques.

Course Syllabus

The Theory of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

  • Nature of the Human Person
  • Frankl's Laws of Dimensional Ontology
  • The Categorical Values
  • Frankl's Phenomenological Assumptions
  • The Existential Vacuum
  • The Will to Meaning
  • The Spiritual Unconscious

The History of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

  • Viennese Psychiatry
    • Psychoanalysis
    • Individual Psychology
  • Analytical Psychology
  • American Psychology
  • Philosophy
    • Existentialism
    • Phenomenology
  • Frankl's Diagnostic Categories
    • Noogenic Neurosis
    • Collective Neurosis
    • Psychogenic Disorders
    • Somatogenic Disorders
  • Indications for Clinical Use
    • Noogenic Neurosis
    • As ancillary treatment
    • Medical Ministry
    • Collective Neurosis

The Practice of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

  • Paradoxical Intention
  • Dereflection
  • Socratic Dialogue
  • Ancillary Techniques
    • Writing Assignments
    • Values Clarification and Goal Setting
    • Structured Experiences
    • Existential Dream Analysis
    • Logoanchor Technique
    • The Golden Imprint
  • Comparing and contrasting to American Positive Psychology

Summary and Review

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